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The Human Stain (2003)

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Re: Human Stain, The (2003)
Added by Lana (email) on 2003-10-31 16:05:44

"People will undoubtedly be distracted by the fact that neither Hopkins nor the younger Miller have even slightly dark skin or any African American features short of being athletic."

Its funny or sad how your review seems to have missed one of the major points of the movie. The mis-casting of hopkins aside, if the younger miller had "dark skin" or other so-called African'American features, how could he successfully pass as White.

Therein lies the point of the film, how the social constructs of race and identity are not set in stone. And how ones appearance and not necessarily their racial identity influence their lives.

FYI the younger Miller who you claim has no African-American features save for his "athletic build", which is probably a mind-set you had better address before its too late, is in FACT African-American and White.

To bad both parts weren't played by actual bi-racial individuals and then maybe this movie would have been a catalyst to discuss some of peoples long-held beliefs about race, features and skin color.

But alas people will probably leave the theater still thinking one-drop of Black blood makes a person Black. And feeling comfortable in their own racial identities as "Whites" because after-all ALL so-called Blacks look Black!

Re: Human Stain, The (2003)
Added by ted   on 2004-02-16 19:01:13

i agree with the person above, i truly wonder if you took time to actually view this film or if you jumped the bandwagon with the rest of the film critics and just gave it a bad grade.

hopkins indeed was miscast, but this film wasn too bad...sinise and harris were magnificent and i thought the story was well told.

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